AmaZulu coach hails away success

football08 April 2024 06:51| © Mzansi Football

AmaZulu coach Pablo Franco hailed his side’s 1-0 win over 10-man Cape Town City in the DStv Premiership on Sunday, as the team and set their sights on a top eight finish.

Ivorian substitute Sede Dion scored 20 minutes from time after City had been down to 10 men midway through the first half with the expulsion of Keanu Cupido.

The clash at the Cape Town Stadium has originally been called off and AmaZulu had arrived at the venue, as per regulations, not expecting to play after disaster management officials warned of dangerous high winds.

But to their surprise, AmaZulu were then told the game was on and had to scramble their preparations.

“It's a huge win for us, away from home against one of the best teams in the PSL in a situation which was really complicated because of the weather,” said Franco.

“And especially because of what happened before, when we were told at 12pm, that we would not 100 per cent play.

“We came to the stadium because that was part of a protocol and then, suddenly, everything changed and we had to play, without us going for our tactical meeting at the hotel or not being prepared mentally.

“Suddenly, we had to switch on quickly and try to be competitive. From there, the best thing is that nothing happened.

“Football, of course, is important, but not the most important thing in life and according to the authorities, there was risk for people. But someone decided to go ahead. So, from there, the most important thing is that we are all safe and sound and nothing happened and the result was the three points. Luckily that is a huge windfall for us.”

AmaZulu remained 12th after the win but are only two points away from eighth placed Kaizer Chiefs.